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Coronavirus: King's Lynn hospital announces 200th patient discharge

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Medics at Lynn's Queen Elizabeth Hospital have now discharged 200 patients who had contracted the coronavirus, officials said this evening.

The milestone came as a paramedic from Fakenham told how he owes his life to the hospital after catching the virus himself.

And senior officials say they believe they are now over the initial peak of the crisis.

COVID-19 A&E directions for ambulances at the QEH.. (33638493)
COVID-19 A&E directions for ambulances at the QEH.. (33638493)

The hospital says it has recorded 390 cases of Covid-19 since the outbreak began in March. Earlier today, it was revealed that two more patients have died, taking that total to 126.

Medical director Dr Frankie Swords said: “Since mid-March, teams across the Trust have been working tirelessly in challenging circumstances to care for our COVID-19 patients.

“The response from staff has been fantastic. We transformed our hospital into COVID and non-COVID zones, creating separate Emergency Departments, critical care units and wards to cope with expected demand and keep all our patients and staff safe.

“I am delighted to say we have now been able to discharge 200 patients, which I am sure will be a real boost for staff."

The announcement of the discharge figure comes just 24 hours after public health officials confirmed they were investigating potential explanations for data showing West Norfolk has one of the highest rates of coronavirus cases anywhere in England.

Dr Swords said: "While our colleagues in public health are trying to establish the causes for this, we are focusing on caring for all our patients.

“The pandemic’s full impact would not be known for some time but it is fantastic news that we have been able to discharge so many COVID-positive patients.

"The first peak is now behind us and, over the next few weeks, we are focusing on how best to reopen all of the services which have been affected by the pandemic.”

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